Dr. Charles Fort
professor of English, 308.865.8164

Award-winning novelist Amy Hassinger will read from her work as on Friday, Dec. 8, at the Museum of Nebraska Art (MONA) as part of the University of Nebraska at Kearney Reynolds Writers & Readers Series.
The presentation, which is free and open to the public, will begin at 8 p.m. At the conclusion of her readings, there will be a book signing and reception.
Hassinger’s first novel, Nina: Adolescence,  was nearly completed when she graduated from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop in 2001.
While working on a second novel, The Priest’s Madonna,  her first novel was published by G.P. Putnam’s Sons and Listen and Live Audio in 2003. The book received several awards, including the 2003 Publisher’s Weekly Listen Up! Award and ForeWord Magazine’s  Audio Book of the Year in 2003. In addition, the book was named an Auditor’s Pick by Ingram Library Service’s “The Heard Word” in September 2003 and as a recommended book for summer 2003 by the BuffaloNews.  Hassinger is also the author of several short stories.
Hassinger, who grew up in Newton, Mass., a suburb just outside of Boston, graduated from Barnard College in New York City and from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop.  
She taught at a San Francisco middle school for two years before moving to Old Town, Maine, where she wrote for the University of Maine Press. There she wrote Finding Katahdin: An Exploration of Maine’s Past, which was published in 2001.
Hassinger currently lives in Urbana, Ill, with her husband and daughter.
For more information, about Hassinger’s presentation or the series, contact the series founder and director, Charles Fort at (308) 865-8164.